Deb practices in all areas of family law and offers all process options including litigation, collaborative law and mediation. Deb is an experienced advocate in all family law matters. Deb also focuses her practice on the preparation of pre nuptial agreements.

She is a frequent lecturer on  family law topics across the state. Deb has been active in the collaborative law movement in Pennsylvania since its inception and has held multiple leadership positions both locally and statewide. Deb believes that families deserve experienced representation and the right to select how their family will transition into the next phase of their lives. Not only should clients select their family law  attorney, but also the process that is best suited for their situation.


Deb has practiced family law for over 20 years and has been a collaboratively trained lawyer for over 10. Deb is also a trained family law mediator. Deb understands that not all family law matters should be handled the same way and feels proud that all process options are offered at the McNees family and collaborative law center.


The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1989, with honors

University of Denver College of Law, J.D., 1992

Basic Collaborative Law training: 2003
24 Hour Basic Mediation training 2005
40 Hour divorce mediation training 2008


The Best Lawyers in America®, Collaborative Law, Family Law, 2013-present

Best Family Law Firm, Central Penn Business Journal’s Reading Rankings, 2018

Pennsylvania Rising Star, 2005-2007

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® 2007-present

Select Lawyers, 2014-present

Department of Community and Economic Development, Best 50 Business Women in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg Area YWCA, Tribute to Women of Excellence Award

Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Leadership Award


Pennsylvania Bar Association

  • Family Law Section, Co-Chair 2019-2020
  • Family Law Section, Programming Chair 2019-2020
  • Family Law Council 2012-2015
  • Collaborative Law Committee

Collaborative Professionals of Central PA, Vice Chair 2015

International Association of Collaborative Professionals

Dauphin County Bar Associations

Cumberland County Bar Associations

Family Law Sections, Member

Lipsitt Inn of Court, Master


Past affiliations

Dress for Success of Central Pennsylvania,  Past Member Board of Directors

Capital Region Economic Development Corporation, Past Member

Capital Campaign Committee

Big 33 Scholarship Committee, Member

Dauphin County Bar Association, Past Chair Young Lawyers Division, Past Director, Past Legislative Committee Chair

Leadership Harrisburg Area Graduate, Past Member Board of Directors, Past Member Executive Committee, Past Fund Development Chair

American Cancer Society, Capital Region, Past President, Past Board Member, Past Fund Development Chair

Womancare, Pinnacle Health System, Past Board Member

Pennsylvania Bar Association, Collaborative Subcommittee, Past Co-Chair

Collaborative Professionals of Central Pennsylvania, Membership Chair, Vice President Elect, Past Secretary, Past Public Education Committee Chair


U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania

Bar Admissions



August 17, 2023 - Best Lawyers® Recognizes 42 McNees Attorneys, Three Named “Lawyer of the Year”

August 18, 2022 - Best Lawyers® Recognizes 34 McNees Attorneys, Six Named “Lawyer of the Year”

August 19, 2021 - 39 McNees Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers®, Six Named “Lawyer of the Year”

August 24, 2020 - 34 McNees Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers®, Four Named “Lawyer of the Year”

June 29, 2020 - Thirteen McNees Attorneys Among 2020 PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List

February 24, 2020 - McNees Attorneys to Present on Marital Settlement Agreements for PBI

August 15, 2019 - 33 McNees Attorneys Among 2020 Best Lawyers in America, 7 Named Lawyer of the Year

May 9, 2019 - McNees Attorneys Among 2019 PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List

April 22, 2019 - McNees Attorneys to Participate in PBI’s Family Law Institute

August 15, 2018 - 35 McNees Attorneys Among 2019 Best Lawyers in America

May 31, 2018 - 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

April 17, 2018 - Family Law Institute

April 17, 2018 - Three McNees Attorneys participating at Family Law Institute

August 15, 2017 - 38 McNees Attorneys Selected as 2018 Best Lawyers in America

August 15, 2016 - 37 McNees Attorneys Selected by 2017 Best Lawyers in America

June 9, 2016 - McNees Wallace & Nurick attorneys selected as 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

December 8, 2015 - McNees Attorneys Selected as 2015 Select Lawyers

August 17, 2015 - 39 McNees Attorneys Selected by 2016 Best Lawyers in America 7 named 2016 “Lawyers of the Year’’

April 15, 2015 - 2015 McNees Attorneys To Present At The Pennsylvania Bar Institute's (Pbi) Family Law Institute

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